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April 5, 2011 @ 11:26 am
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Kerrigan Visits Bucs

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According to National Football Post, Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan is visiting the Buccaneers today. Kerrigan is one of the top pass rushers in the 2011 NFL Draft.  
According to Aaron Wilson of National Football Post, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are hosting Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan today at One Buc Place. Kerrigan is the reigning Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year.

Kerrigan is projected by many to go in the mid-teens in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Sources with the Bucs have told Pewter Report that they think Kerrigan won’t quite make it 20. Kerrigan had a very good day at the NFL Scouting Combine, and showed the athleticism to drop into coverage in a 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker. Answering the question over his athleticism helped push Kerrigan's stock up.

In order to acquire Kerrigan the Buccaneers may have to trade up in the first round. The Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and New England Patriots are all teams that have been linked to drafting Kerrigan ahead of Tampa Bay.

Last year Kerrigan had 12.5 sacks with 70 tackles, 26 tackles for a loss, and five forced fumbles. As a junior Kerrigan recorded 66 tackles with 13 sacks, 18.5 tackles for a loss, and seven forced fumbles. In his career Kerrigan totaled 210 tackles, 57 tackles for a loss, 33.5 sacks, one interception, seven passes batted down, and 14 forced fumbles. In his 33.5 career sacks he totaled 229 yards lost for offenses.

It is not secret that Kerrigan is one of the draft targets for Tampa Bay. The Bucs have a gaping hole at defensive end, and Kerrigan was a consistent pass rusher in college. If Kerrigan falls to the Bucs first-round pick it is likely that Tampa Bay would take him.

Sources with the Bucs have expressed their liking of Kerrigan dating back to the fall. Since the end of the college football season the Bucs have continued to express their affinity for Kerrigan. In recent weeks team staff have asked Pewter Report's editorial staff if they believe that Kerrigan will fall to the 20th overall pick.

It is significant that the Bucs are hosting Kerrigan. Over the last several years all of the Bucs first-round picks have been hosted on a pre-draft visit. Gaines Adams (2007), Aqib Talib (2008), Josh Freeman (2009), and Gerald McCoy (2010) all visited Tampa Bay in the weeks leading up to the Bucs drafting them. Other than Kerrigan the Bucs are hosting a few other potential first-round picks prior to the draft.

At 6-foot-3, 267-pound Kerrigan was able to stay consistent in his production despite extra attention via double-teams this past year. At the Senior Bowl he spoke with Pewter Report about that. 

“I think it was a number of things,” said Kerrigan. “I worked really hard to get my body right and my mind right for the haul of the season knowing I’d have to play a lot, mostly every snap of every game. Two, I think we had a lot of good players around me. We had a defensive tackle that was a freshman All-American last year and he was a sophomore this year. We had other guys who are very good on the defensive line as well. It was a combination of things.”

Kerrigan was well coached at Purdue and is ready to make an impact in the NFL. The Boilermakers standout also has a reputation of being a hard worker and a high character individual that is a good locker room presence. 

“I’ve had two position coaches at Purdue,” said Kerrigan. “I had Terrell Williams who is now at Texas A&M. I had him for my first three years and Gary Emmauel who was at Rutgers and coached previously with the 49ers. They both bring completely different aspects to the football game and I think having that balance of one coach vs. the other allowed me to have success my senior season.

“Coach Emmanuel is really big on hip flexibility and range of motion with your hips. That really allowed me to finish more plays off this season. Not just get close to making the sack but record the sack.”
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    Scubog, I understand your logic completely. Thanks for the response.
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    Macabee: After following the draft closely for the past 30+ years that it's been broadcast on the radio and later televised, I generally am of the opinion that trading up should be considered only if the price is reasonable and the targeted player is a "can't miss" prospect at a position of extreme need. That's why I think it may make sense to trade up for DE Ryan Kerrigan. However, he's probably only a top 15 to 20 pick and might still be there at # 20 anyway. It also depends on the current strength of the roster and how much giving up the draft pick(s) would affect the team. Giving up a third round pick to move up five spots is a fairly steep price since at that point in the draft there will be a group of players with a similar grade. Any one of whom would strengthen the roster. Horse rarely thinks any of the top players are worth the high choice so he prefers to trade down for multiple picks. When a roster is in need at all positions "quantity" over "quality" might be the way to go. But that can be a dangerous proposition that, in theory, will ultimately weaken the roster by having lesser players. Dominik has proven to be astute in signing late round choices, priority free agents after the draft and stealing practice squad players to build the team depth. But we still lack pro-bowl talent that typically comes from the high draft picks which is why I think trading up will be considered. That and I want fellow poster jongruden to be happy if Dominik drafts Kerrigan.
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    Scubog/Horse, somewhere in your shared words of mutual admiration, I can't tell if you agree or disagree on moving up to get Kerrigan. Scubog, in your 4/7, 5:19am comment, you said "I could see swapping first round choices and offering our third round choice to move from 20 to 15, but only if Kerrigan is there. If he's there at 15, you pull the trigger". Horse seemed to agree in his following comment. However, in the PR 4/7 Podcast, when OwlyKat suggested the same thing, Horse your comment is "That's not the way we should go". My question is a testament to the fact that I read and follow your opinions. A simple response, I'm sure, would clear up my confusion.
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    Horse: Yours is the voice of wisdom and experience.
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    A trade up for a player the Bucs like and isn't projected to be there at #20 makes sense to me. If it's Kerrigan, Quinn or whoever, it makes sense in this draft. I'm not a big fan of trading quality picks to move up, but this years talent pool in the draft is thin. It doesn't mean the pick will be a guranteed success, but assures you get the guy you've evaluated and feel comfortable with, rather than wait and take a player you feel is more questionable. Kerrigan is a hard worker, has a non stop motor, good character and quality college production and game tape. To me, that's a guy worth taking, and trading up for.
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    It seems that each year there is a single player who we Bucs fans anoint as the favorite. But we tend to take our wishes too far by thinking he is the only player that will make the draft a success and that our inability to land the player will be failure. Buc-up reminded us of Richie McKay's draft day trade to obtain who he thought would be our starting LT for years to come. That turned out to be a huge mistake. While I do think trading up to get a can't-miss player can make sense; it only is viable if the price tag is right. I could see swapping first round choices and offering our third round choice to move from 20 to 15 but only if Kerrigan is there. If he's there at 15 you pull the trigger, if not the trade is off. In 1995 the Bucs traded a pair of second round picks to move back into the first round to take a chance on some "too small" OLB from FSU. We acquired that extra second round choice from the Eagles who wanted to move up from # 12 to # 7 because they were enamored with DE Mike Mamula. With that 12th pick the Bucs rolled the dice on some "risky" DT from Miami. Fans were in an uproar. Mel Kiper gave us a C+. Two Hall of Famers and only a C+? As Roz would say, "Get real!"
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    Scubog, my son speaks with knowledge unlike me.
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    I seem to remember we gave up a 2nd (51st overall) to move up seven spots from 21 to 14 in 2001 to select Pinatta Walker. Everybody thought we got our franchise LT for the next 10yrs. How did that turn out for us? We wasted 1st & 2nd rounders for a below average RT who was beaten out by a 2nd rounder Trueblood who was himself beaten out by a FA Lee. Basically, the draft is a crap shoot but this year the draft is more important because of the uncertainty of Free Agency. The Bucs need their draft picks to plug holes. I have to admit that if we traded up last year to get Suh, it would have been worth it. Same thing when Gruden wanted Calvin Johnson and we stayed put to take Gaines Adams. I myself wanted Joe Thomas that year. If Kerrigan really is that type of dynamic player, then maybe it's ok to go get him. If he's not significantly better than the other DE's, than I say no.
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    I really hope the Bucs do whatever they can to move up and get this guy. and he will not be an LDE... He will the future at RDE and never look back. This guy is as solid as they come and he will put our D-line back on the map... He has a real chance to be a super star but what is so great about him is that he is the furthest thing from a boom-or-bust player as you can get... At the very worst this guy will be a great above average player that will give you more Heart and consistency than anybody on that field and combined with McCoy and Price will finally give us the D-line we have been looking for. Quinn is not an option in my book unless he either falls to 20 or we can move down and get him or move up in the 2nd round. No way in Hell should we move up to get a guy that hasn't played football in a year and only had 2 years of college ball experience. This pick needs to be Kerrigan and then we will just need to get our LB's straight and we will be on our way...
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    I love Kerrigan, but I love him for the LDE spot. The Bucs principal need is a RDE edge rusher with the size, speed and pass rushing moves to push the QB up into the pocket so the D tackles can do their work. I agree with this pick if he falls to them at 20 and they are targeting a RDE like Kiwaunuka in FA. If the Bucs are going to move up, then don't be weak-kneed about it, go get Quinn if he is the Suh of this draft and trade whatever picks are necessary to slam the door on this thing!
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    please do not move up to get this guy,you move up to get a super star,he is just a good player.
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    @hamilton-12 sacks and 6 forced fumbles are only good to you huh, ok-lol don't quit your day job!
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    Move up and pick him...it will be worth it. Don't think for a second Mark wouldn't move up significantly to grab him.
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    i'd be willing to give up a 3rd to move up and get the DE we want, such as Kerrigan or Smith or Jordan. Don't think Quinn or Watts would be obtainable.
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    Bucs, please do what is necessary to get this kid. He can be our next big thing to go with Josh Freeman. I just have a feeling about this guy that I don't have about any of the other DE prospects. He won't allow himself to be a bust. He's the type who will simply will his way to success. Let's get him.
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    I like what I read about this guy the most of any DE that the Bucs have a chance of getting.
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    I'm on board with this kid. Even if we have to give something up 1 or 2 picks plus QB Johnson I say do it. I say with NE at 17 and 28. I say pulled the plug, by moving up three slots. This would I do 1st offer this. I would swap 1st round pick move up from 20 to 17 to pick Kerrigan, Swap # 2 picks NE in Rd-2 gets Tampa #19, and Tampa gets No#26. and Maybe 7 Rd plus B/u QB J Johnson. That what I would offer. But lets say JJ Watts, Aldon Smith and Kerrigan are all there then I would have to wait and make a decision But lete look at who ahead of Tampa. Jags at #16,NE #17,SD #18, NYG#19 then Tampa. Another seniaro is with St Louis Rams they may want to move down in Rd-1 there at14. Tampa is at #20. They also don't have a 6 rd pick. How about Tampa trading with StLouis . St Louis gets #20 in Rd-1, They getTampa #22 in Rd-6 and #20 in Rd-7. What are draft picks Tampa get the DE that they want in Rd-1, They have #19 pick in Rd-2 #20 in Rd-3,#19 in Rd-4, #20 in Rd-5, No pick in Rd-6 and the suppl pick #37 or 237 in Rd-7 that means they have 6 picks, but they would have there DE or OLB/DE at #14.Plus if they pulled this off then Tampa can go after a veterans or two that also make Impacts this year whenm ever they come on board. GO Bucs
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    Has anyone thought about who we are talking about trading up in order to get a DE? Most of these teams also need DE's so that tells me that they don't feel like there is value for the DE's that they want at their spot and they are willing to trade down. To me that says that we are reaching when other teams are willing to move down because the talent is not there at those positions for DE's. Let's try to keep the emotions out of this and evaluate the talent.
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    The teams that want DE's won't be trading with us most likely we will trade with Miami, DE's in this draft are the best in yrs all the tv analysts agree. Kerrigan had 12 sacks and 6 forced fumbles why aren;'t you on board with that Horse? Let go of this dream of getting a guard in the first round it makes no sense
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    April 7, 2011 4:11 am As far as I know, there won't be any trades of players for draft picks until there is a new CBA in place. So quit trying to trade our guys for extra picks in your draft scenarios.
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    If I had my choice I would draft this kid over any other DE this year. I'd take Production/heart/Hustle over talent/Potential any day.
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    SilenceTheCritics, that's the way I feel too. I know I talk about risk lot and the way I feel there is always less risk if a player plays with heart and hustle and has a can do attitude.
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    Horse...you can't have it both ways...if you decrease risk you also decrease potential reward. I hate that strategy. I'd much rather see us be aggressive and go get the guy we want instead of settling for BPA or trading down. Our most likely trading partner is Miami at #15 and it'll cost a third rounder for us to move up to that spot. I'd be willing to spend a first and a third on a guy if Dominik & Morris consider him to be a game-changer and a very special player at the DE position. If such a guy isn't available to us, so be it...don't trade up.
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    FLBoyinDallas, I hear you and I usually agree with what you say. For me this draft is different than the past couple because of where we are picking and the quality of 1st rounders is smaller in my opinion. Okay I am asking you, who would you like for us to trade up for and what extra round would you be willing to give up?
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    Would it be OK if the Bucs just locked him in a room at One Buc Place and kept him through April...?
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    lol@nmkinley
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    Trade down and take the MLB Martez Wilson from IL.... that is IF the right DE is not available....
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    If he falls to us fine; I am not supporting trading up and using one of our draft picks. We would probably have to give up a 3rd or a 4th round pick and we need those spots to fill other needs. This is a so so draft pertaining to quality in the 1st round. I would trade down before I traded up. That reduces the risk of a hit or miss selection. Just my opinion.
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    DE is very strong this yr which so happens that is our biggest need if you can get a guy who in college averaged 12 sacks a yr then yes grab him and give up a pick
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    Trade down and take the MLB Martez Wilson from IL....
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    Every so often a draft comes along and there's just one guy I want. It has only happened a couple times. The first time this happened was back in 1995 and it was another Boilermaker...Mike Alstott. Once again, this year, Kerrigan is the guy I want. He has the physical tools and a motor like no other. I just have a feeling that this guy is going to be good. Some mocks have him going before us some don't. All I know is, if we end up with this guy...I am going to be one happy Buc fan.
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    This only wants me to have this guy even more knowing it probably will not happen! Thanks folks!
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    This only gets my hopes up even more I would give up our second round pick to grab this guy thats how special I think he is. Everyone will piggy back the article like they always do and agree they want him like they wanted Houston and Jordon and Aldon Smith every other article that is published will have its following. I on the other hand have always liked this kid and so have a few other posters. Oh except for Horse he wanted us to take Pouncey!!
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    Boiler up with 94, bay-bee!!!!!
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